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Skyhawks have been playing great at home and will only get better. Photo: Dez Barnes
Skyhawks have been playing great at home and will only get better. Photo: Dez Barnes

Tyson Etienne Achieves Career-High 23 Points with a Remarkable 6-11 3FG Performance

College Park, Ga. – The College Park Skyhawks (7-3) celebrated a thrilling home victory against the Long Island Nets (4-4), securing a 115-112 win on Monday. The Skyhawks made history by setting a team record with 21 successful three-pointers, converting 21 of their 44 attempts in the game.

Tyson Etienne led the Skyhawks, achieving a career-high 23 points, marked by an impressive 6-11 performance from beyond the arc. The dynamic duo of Hawks two-way players Seth Lundy (16 points) and Miles Norris (14 points) combined for 30 points, contributing to the team's success.

The game commenced with the Skyhawks dominating, initiating an 11-3 run that extended to a substantial lead of 28-12 with 5:48 left in the first quarter. This early surge was fueled by three-pointers from Lundy (3-4 3FG), Norris (2-5 3FG), and Etienne (3-4 3FG). The eight three-pointers made in the first quarter marked the team's highest since Nov. 4, 2022, against Long Island and the second-highest in any quarter in team history (nine, achieved twice).

The Skyhawks maintained their accuracy from long range in the second quarter, with Etienne leading the charge by scoring 18 points (5-7 3FG) in the first half. The team set a new record with 13 three-pointers made in the first half (13-22 3FG, .591 3FG%), establishing a new high for any half in team history.

At halftime, the Skyhawks boasted a first-half season-high of 65 points, holding a 65-56 lead over the Nets.

Despite the Nets rallying in the second half and securing a 10-point lead at 104-94 with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks mounted a comeback. Jalen Wilson led the Nets with 23 points (8-14 FG, 6-9 3FG) in the second half, concluding the game with an impressive 32 points (11-20 FG, 9-13 3FG).

Jarkel Joiner's impactful entry into the game during the fourth quarter, including two crucial steals, played a pivotal role in the Skyhawks' comeback. The 19-8 run culminated in a clutch three-pointer by Etienne, giving the Skyhawks a 113-112 lead with 0:21 left.

The Nets were led by Wilson, while former Skyhawk Armoni Brooks, now a two-way player with the Brooklyn Nets, contributed 21 points (6-9 FG, 5-8 3FG) off the bench.

The Skyhawks and Nets are set to face off again in Long Island for a rematch on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., with the contest available for viewing on ESPN+.

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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